Posted on 20 September 2012
As part of the accreditation process, independent experts visited York and carefully scrutinised our degree programmes. They also interviewed a variety of staff members as well as York undergraduates. In their report the external assessors noted 'many positive aspects'. In particular, they praised our ‘integrated approach to chemical science teaching and learning’ and 'high quality problem solving experience' delivered by a ‘strong cohort of staff’ and the ‘good range of both traditional and modern experiments’ which our students carry out in teaching laboratories. They complimented us on our ‘excellent relationships with external placement companies’ and found that we provide very good support to our students during their final year placements. The department was particularly commended for its varied programme to help students develop transferable skills, which was considered ‘excellent’, and ‘often achieved in a unique way’.
The accreditation of our degrees means that MChem graduates from York are able to claim the title Chartered Chemist (CChem) from the RSC, while students with a BSc qualification fulfil part of the requirements for CChem and are eligible for professional membership of the RSC (AMRSC).